Network is not present or Network not started error while trying to connect to any network folder

Trouble:

Some days back we received a problem from one of our reader Shailesh Mohan saying:

When ever I try connect a any folder through Start >> Run and type \\192.168.0.100\foldername and error comes up: The Network is not present or not started in windows 2000

 

This problem is quite unusual, as this problem basically occurs because of a windows network service is stopped.

 

Lets see how can we fix this trouble.


Fix:

The windows service which provides network connections is Workstation, which allows you to access network resources like printer , files over your network.

 

Service Overview

 

 

Workstation – It creates and maintains client network connections to remote servers. If this service is stopped, these connections will be unavailable.

 

How to fix it

 

 

1. Open Start >> Run and type “Services.msc” ( without quotes ) and press OK

2. Locate the service named Workstation.

3. Right Click on the workstation service and select properties, you will see a window shown below.

workstation-service-not-started

4. Click on the Start button to start the service, starting this service will fix the trouble.

We hope solution provided above will help to fix the trouble, if you have any other solution regarding this problem please share it through comments.

Comments

  1. I have an IBM Thinkpad w/ the same issue. This did not resolve the issue. If you have seen any different solution, please contact me. Thanks!

  2. It works temporarily. After one or two days, again this services was stopped automaticaly. I dont know how and why…

    So it makes me to start it again ….

    I am using WinXP connected to domain( W2k3 server)

  3. It didn’t solve my problem.
    if anyone has another solution to this problem

  4. PLEASE SOLUCTION MY SYSTEM IS PING OK REPLY BUT NETWORK ACCESS SO PROBLEM THE NETWORK IS NOT PRESENT OR NOT START
    MY SYSTEM IS WINDOWS 2000 PROFESSIONAL
    REGARD
    ANIL KUMAR

  5. Hi Rohit

    It works for me… however in my network this problem still comes with many PCs so can you please help me to know the cause for it…

    problemS:

    1. Workstation service stops/fails automatically
    2. Winaudio service stops/fails automatically (even during the call)

    Thanks in Advance…

    Kapil Ahuja (sysAd)
    Noida

  6. Thanks

    but it is stopped again after 2-3 hours
    pls. provide a permanent solution

  7. i still with error
    in my panel services
    the service WORKSTATION it does not appear???

    what can i do???
    thanks

  8. thanks dude it worked by the services.msc thanks a lot.

  9. Go to “Start Menu” then “Run” then type “services.msc”, then there is one services by the name of “Client Service for Netware”, start this services and in properties you must choose “Start Automatically”, and in the properties there is a tab “Recovery”, there u must select in First Failure “Restart The Service”.
    After that there is a service by the name of “Computer Browser”,. Do same steps as i write above.(This service must be start for domain joined computers.)
    Thanks

  10. It worked for me, I appreciate it, I was going buggy trying to figure it out…now if I can just figure out why I can’t ping any other machine on my network yet I can ping the router?

    Thanks!

  11. Thanks, worked for me. It guy was telling me stories, would have come and chrged me a ton.

  12. I had same error. I had missing workstation and computer browser service.
    Fix:
    Network and Dial-up Connections – “Local area connection” properties – install – client – client for microsoft networks

  13. I couldn’t resolve this on an XP thinkpad by restarting the workstation service or the other services. However what did fix it was uninstalling client for microsoft networks, rebooting, and adding it back again.

  14. Great dude.

    it work for me.
    (i have problem in server 2003 sp2)
    above mention service solve the problem

    Thanks lot

  15. wow!!!! It really worked fine. Thanks…Hope for such great knowledge sharing in future also..

  16. thanks for you alll

    it is work with me too

    GOOD FIXXXXXXXXXX

    workstation services start

    thanks alort

  17. Thanks Dear , The problem solved, some sites instructs to reinstal the NIC and i tried .But this solution makes the problem free.
    Thank you

  18. Thanks , this is work at now but what is the permanent solution regarding to this problem please share it.

  19. Temporarily problem is solved but after some time again network service is stopped
    have any solution for same..?

  20. I had the same problem.It worked for me as well.Thanks a lot for the post.

  21. I have same problem in windows 7 every thing is ok. Only file accessing issue \\192.168.1.30
    Error is: The network is not present or not started.

  22. workstation service and other dependencies already running. but still unable to access network folders. Not fixe the error.

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